As is his style, Oli Petit, owner of the wildly successful Red Bar in Grayton Beach, has taken a run-down, abandoned building and given it new life as a unique establishment for eating and drinking.
This time, he’s set up shop in the stainless steel diner in Destin that for years sat empty and exposed to the elements. On Monday, after about six months of work, The Destin Diner officially opened for business, welcoming customers with textured-marble floors, red-cushioned booths, detailed tile- and wood-work and plenty of pop culture tacked to the walls.
The building had been closed for over seven years and completely left alone since then. When Petit set to work on it, the sky could be seen through most of the roof.
“It was wrecked, and when I tell you that, I’m not exaggerating,” Petit said of the abandoned diner. “This place was a complete disaster.”